Mellow Mediterranean breezes; beauteous landscapes bathed in an otherworldly light; a surfeit of soups, strawberries and seafood… Provence is probably about as close to heaven as you can get without actually shuffling off this mortal coil. Our adventures down south will bring you into close contact with the fruits of both land and sea and introduce you to a kind of laidback luxury unlike anywhere else on Earth. Pastis, pétanque, and paradise.
Chefs & Artisans
The kitchen of La Mirande is a gourmands’ dream workshop. You will be given the chance to try your hand at cooking before you dine, but amid the excitement, don’t forget to inquire about the cellar!
Rendezvous with Chef Laurent in his glass-walled kitchen at La Bastide de Marie for a private morning cooking class.
Nestled in Les Baux de Provence, Chef Michel Hulin is in his laboratory: taking his inspiration from the surrounding environment and his restaurant’s organic garden.
Closer to the Mediterranean in the Camargue, we will pay a visit to Jacques Bon’s family home-turned-luxury hotel. A cattle rancher by trade, Jacques will introduce you to the Camargue by horseback.
Stretching from northern Montélimar to Marseilles in the south, one can cover some serious ground in Provence zigzagging through the stretches of the Drôme and the Vaucluse. Testing local wines and cheeses, visiting the endless local markets or seeking out the prized black truffle, travelling to Provence offers seemingly endless beautiful market towns and culinary delights. Perched villages, cherry and olive orchards and endless blankets of lavender, this is Provence at its finest. Let us guide you through Avignon at the centre of it all, east through the Vaucluse to Ménerbes, into the Luberon, or would you prefer to explore the Camargue via St. Rémy and Les Baux, landing finally in lovely Aix-en-Provence? The beauty of choice.
In Avignon, La Mirande sits directly across from the former papal palace. Over 700 years old, this property is a quiet haven from the bustle of busy Avignon.
La Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes, is a fully-restored stone home set amongst the vineyards, each room offering a stunning view of the grounds.
The beautifully appointed and remarkably peaceful hotels L’Oustaù de Baumanière and La Cabro d’Or stand in Les-Baux-de-Provence.
At the centre of Arles is L’Hôtel Particulier, a hotel with a decidedly uncommon charm. Every room here is special and features a view of the wondrous walled-in courtyard.
Finally, Villa Gallici in Aix-en-Provence rounds out our Provençal menu. This 18th-century villa and former private home is the perfect place for R&R.
Orange and the Luberon Travel north to Orange to explore the region’s Roman roots, before moving southeast in Luberon. Make your home in Ménerbes, just 12km east of Cavaillon in the Vaucluse, nestled between the hillsides to the south and the sprawling vineyards to the north. Arrive and depart from Avignon.
Camargue Noted for its white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos, the Camargue has another surprise to offer: cowboys (or as they’re known in this neck of the woods, gardians). Why not catch up with Avignon and Les Baux, while you’re in the neighborhood. Arrive and depart from Avignon.